SYSTEMS UTILISED SD3 (24V) Small Wind Turbine SD3 (48V) Small Wind Turbine SD6 (48V) Small Wind Turbine SD6 (300V) Small wind Turbine THE CHALLENGE March 1992 and an initiative to support the uptake of Off-Grid Renewable Energy has just been initiated in one of the most remote areas of the world – The Falkland Islands, South Atlantic which has a population of over 2900. Falkland Islands Development Corporation (FIDC) had a vision to introduce renewable energy to support the economic growth within the rural community but more importantly to ensure rural life on the islands could continue. Residents on the Islands relied solely on diesel generators for power as there was no grid network available. The cost of transporting the diesel was unsustainable and damaging to the sensitive environment. THE SOLUTION The potential for harnessing ‘small scale’ wind power was realised with a 50% grant made available with funding through FIDC. The initial concept tried a number of manufacturers, many of which were not capable of withstanding the harsh weather regimes on the islands. After a 12 month pilot trial, FIDC opted for a reliable, robust and easily maintainable wind turbine, the SD3. These are available on tower heights from 6m to 20m. Since 1992 SD continues to supply the 3kW and 6kW Small Turbines, most of which are stand-alone systems in 24V, 48V and 300V configurations and have recently introduced micro-grids, designed to power remote entire communities. These systems have integrated multiple 6kW turbines, utilising battery storage. 90% of the rural population now has 24-hour power thanks to SD Small Wind Turbines. With over 130 turbines on the islands, SD has what is believed to be the largest off-grid turbine fleet in the world. Our success in the Falklands is a great example of what can be achieved with Rural Electrification. 24/7 uninterrupted power supply 90% electricity demand supplied to rural community Low maintenance costs WORLD’S LARGEST OFF-GRID FLEET KEY COMPONENTS WIND TURBINE CONTROLLER INVERTER GRID INVERTER BATTERY BANK SYSTEMTYPES STANDALONE WIND,SOLAR HYBRID’S 17 SYSTEM TYPES: Stand-alone + Wind & Solar Hybrids